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Kimmince joins Brisbane's AFL Women's side

27 September 2016
Kimmince celebrates a wicket in WBBL|01

Brisbane Heat WBBL Captain Delissa Kimmince has committed to the Brisbane Lions, becoming the Club’s second rookie.

Delissa Kimmince is more than happy to harken back to the days of old when football and cricket could comfortably co-exist to present a year-round experience for keen athletes.

The WBBL Brisbane Heat and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire captain will expand her sporting horizons again next year, agreeing to join the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural Women’s AFL season.

The 27-year-old cricket all-rounder will not join the Lions until her WBBL commitments are finished in January and will try football with cricket’s blessing after the Lions consulted with Queensland Cricket before approaching her. 

Heat and Fire coach Andy Richards said Kimmince’s natural athleticism and leadership skills meant she was a sought after athlete.

“Dee is one of the best T20 players in the country, but she has pretty much handled whichever sport she has tried her hand at,’’ he said.

“She even managed to go ok with a tennis racket against Ash Barty last season, so I would imagine she will tackle footy with her usual skill and commitment,’’ Richards said.

A defender, Kimmince played with Yeronga South Brisbane in the QWAFL, reaching the grand final.

Although she admits to not knowing all of the rules to AFL football, Kimmince is happy to be an off-field mentor with her experience at the highest level.

“I want to help the girls as they move from amateur to semi-professional sport. It is a big step and it’s all about being able to keep a level head,’’ she said.

Kimmince joins marquee players Tayla Harris and Sabrina Frederick-Traub as well as priority picks Emma Zielke and Kaitlyn Ashmore on the Lions’ list.

 

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